- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County and Albuquerque health officials are advising people living in the East Mountains area that plague and tularemia continue to remain active.

They say the increased rainfall New Mexico has seen over the last two years has allowed for more vegetation growth and increased rodent populations.

Health officials say a larger number of rodents often lead to more occurrences of both plague and tularemia.

There have been no human cases of plague so far in Bernalillo County in 2014.

However, three dogs, one cat and one rabbit have been confirmed with plague infection.

The most recent plague confirmation was made on Oct. 6.

Tularemia has been confirmed in six dogs, three rabbits, two cats and one human.

That person was treated with antibiotics and fully recovered from the infection.

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